The Gem and Mineral section of the Indiana State Museum is a must see for any rockhound, geologist, teacher, student, and anyone interested in the earth sciences or interested in the wonders of the state of Indiana.
What impressed me most was the variety of gem and minerals that had been discovered in Indiana. And I am even a Hoosier! I learned how calcite was found to the degree it was dubbed “Indiana calcite.” One of the most spectacular specimens is a giant calcite crystal beside which I am standing. Some of the other calcite crystals were found near Indianapolis as well. Continue reading “Gem and Mineral Hall at Indiana State Museum”
Keep your eye on this entry as we make our plan to attend the EFMLS Convention, March 27-29, 2015 in
Hickory, North Carolina. The Catawba Valley Gem & Mineral Club is hosting, and we will be rolling down in the “RockHound Express” once again. This promises to be a great weekend for the lapidary artists, amateur geologists, happy-go-lucky rockhounds, students of geology, and folks who like clever conversation with fellow rockhounds. Continue reading “EFMLS Convention 2015”
Ice Age fossils in Indiana? Yes, the glaciers covered Indiana, and yes, we had mastodons and mammoths! The Indiana State Museum presents this, and educates its visitors, and delights all with their Ice Age display that runs through August 17th.
Now I believed I knew Indiana natural history pretty well, but I learned today that a nearly intact skull was discovered outside Anderson, Indiana. It’s one of the finest in the world. Continue reading “Ice Age Fossils”
On the way to EFMLS Wildacres, we stopped at the Museum of North Carolina Minerals. What a great idea that was! The museum is very manageable. Do give yourself 30 minutes to explore the inner halls that tell the story, through “museum quality,” naturally, examples of quartz, pyrite, rare and unusual minerals excavated during the long and colorful mining history in North Carolina. Continue reading “Museum of North Carolina Minerals”